Sunday, December 1st marked the 25th anniversary of World AIDS day. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has become one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges:
- 33.4 million are currently living with HIV/AIDS.
- More than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide since the first cases were reported in 1981.
- In 2008, 2 million people died due to HIV/AIDS, and another 2.7 million were newly infected.
- While cases have been reported in all regions of the world, almost all those living with HIV (97%) reside in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people living with HIV or at risk for HIV do not have access to prevention, care, and treatment, and there is still no cure.
- The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts households, communities, and the development and economic growth of nations. Many of the countries hardest hit by HIV also suffer from other infectious diseases, food insecurity, and other serious problems.
- Despite these challenges, there have been successes and promising signs. New global efforts have been mounted to address the epidemic, particularly in the last decade. Prevention has helped to reduce HIV prevalence rates in a small but growing number of countries and new HIV infections are believed to be on the decline. In addition, the number of people with HIV receiving treatment in resource poor countries has increased 10-fold since 2002, reaching an estimated 4 million by 2008.
Overview compiled with information from WHO , USAID and Kaiser Family Foundation .
Today’s post is from guest Blogger Moe from Chasing Moe. She is one of my favorite bloggers and always says what a lot of people are thinking, but are too afraid to say it. ”Chasing Moe is about introspection, emotional cleansing….and being my raw, unfiltered self…in a blogosphere full of niche, cliche, and painted veils.” Please be sure to check out Moe’s blog for more “raw, unfiltered” posts.
Growing up, I never thought my hair was any better than anyone else’s. I had ponytails with barrettes to match my outfit like everyone else. It wasn’t until a girl named Ebony decided to cut my hair in 6th grade because ‘I had good hair, and it’ll grow back fast’, that I ever TRULY realized how much some people within the black community felt about hair in general.
Hey Monday…ugh! So it’s time for me to discuss how much I love exercising, eating right and all that other
crap stuff. Well it’s getting hard out here in these streets to stay motivated. I don’t know if it’s the weather or what but I have zero umph.
What day is it?!?! Hump Daaayyy! Every Thursday from 9-10pm CST I’m in my own little happy world watching Scandal. Everyone and EVERYTHING must stop talking during this hour. LOL The main character Olivia Pope is a huge lover of wine. Every since I saw her wine glasses, I knew I had to track them down! They are the most beautiful piece of stemware I’ve every laid my eyes on. And to top it off…one of the glasses come in 23oz. Brought a tear to my eye. HAHAHA Ok I’m sure I wouldn’t actually drink 23oz of wine in one sitting, but just knowing if I wanted to makes me pretty darn happy. Check out the glasses.